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25 Bakeries Around The World You Have To See Before You Die

These are the literal bread winners.

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Why you have to see it: The Cronut. People come from all over the country to get the doughnut-croissant hybrid, aka a gift from the gods. The pastry is a perfect mix of crunchy and chewy, and will put a smile on anyone's face. The small shop runs out of these gems around 11 a.m., but the shop will usually have its equally famous DKAs ready and waiting for you without a line, as well as its tarts and cookies.

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Why you have to see it: Combining unique Japanese flavors with the art of French pastry making, Sadaharu Aoki knows how to make out of this world creations — like the green matcha croissant or black sesame eclair — that you can't find anywhere else.

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Why you have to see it: As soon as you enter Conditori La Glace, it feels like you've transported to another time and place. The oldest bakery in Copenhagen has beautiful window displays for every holiday; Christmas gets an especially opulent treatment. Enjoy a slice of its famous cake and coffee with whipped cream.

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Why you have to see it: The tiny bakery has arguably the best croissant in Paris, as well as every flavor of escargot you could imagine. If you're not in the mood for a bite to eat, you might change your mind after smelling the bakery's fresh aromas.

Why you have to see it: One word: kolaches. Located next to a gas station, this bakery doesn't seem like anything special until you feast your eyes on the glorious carb-loaded case of kolaches, both sweet and savory. Do not miss the cream cheese kolache. They're so good, they might as well be called "killaches."

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Why you have to see it: Home of the original pastel de nata (custardy, crispy goodness), this bakery is one you cannot miss. Servers pop these right out of the oven onto your plate and coat them with the perfect amount of powdered sugar.

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Why you have to see it: People line up every day to nab a special loaf of Tartine's country bread that quickly sells out. Its morning buns and pies are incredible if you can survive the line. The San Francisco bakery is a must-see if you're craving something sweet.

Why you have to see it: The Buchwald family has mastered the art of making the baumkuchen, a cake baked over an open flame and coated in an apricot or chocolate drizzle. They package the cakes three at a time for you to take home with you.

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Why you have to see it: Known as the coolest bakery in Peru, El Pan de la Chola has the best bread around. The place specializes in four kinds of bread, and people everywhere flock to the store to get their share. Every loaf is handcrafted in the back of the small bakery, and served with fresh Greek yogurt.

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Why you have to see it: Walking into the bakery and cafe will make you feel like you've stepped into old Europe. With checkered tiled floors and intricate molding, Cafe Savoy will make you feel like royalty. The Savoy Breakfast comes with hot chocolate and a bread basket comprised of toast, coffee cakes, nut cake, butter, and jam: a carb lover's paradise.

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Why you have to see it: A CAKE BUFFET. Taxing Slott Café has an actual cake buffet where you can choose any slice you like. It even has a few pies and pastries mixed in, and you also get a tray to put everything on in case you go a little overboard. AND you can't forget that the café is connected to a FREAKING CASTLE.

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